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BLOG: Protesters moving through downtown Indy after no charges in Dreasjon Reed case

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Posted at 8:52 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 23:32:56-05

More than six months after Dreasjon Reed was fatally shot by an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer, a special prosecutor announced that a grand jury declined to file criminal charges against the officer. Keep up-to-date with the latest developments on the decision and its aftermath with our live blog:

11:00 p.m.

Reaction to Dreasjon Reed decision

9:25 p.m.
Organizers for Indy10 Black Lives Matter said they have ended the protest for the night, however, they plan to return on Wednesday.

8:19 p.m.
Protesters are marching through the streets of downtown Indianapolis in the wake of the decision.

7:48 p.m.
John F. Kautzman, the attorney for IMPD Officer DeJoure Mercer, released the following statement:

We appreciate the careful analysis and review of this matter and the Grand Jury's conclusion that Officer Mercer acted legally and reasonably based upon the totality of the circumstances. We've always believed the evidence proved that Mercer was justified in defending himself on the date in question and did not engage in any improper conduct related to this encounter. The evidence showed that he took actions consistent with his training — and more importantly — consistent with the law. He has never before faced criminal charges or any type of departmental discipline for alleged use of excessive force. Indeed, Officer Mercer has served this city diligently and in good faith — with bravery and professionalism.

There are of course no winners when an officer is required to use deadly force in tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving situations. We look forward to putting this entire matter behind our client and his fellow officers and hope this will start a process of healing for the entire community of Indianapolis.

6:55 p.m.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued the following statement on the decision in the Dreasjon Reed case:

We are grateful to Prosecutor Khoury, Indiana State Police Superintendent Carter and all the troopers who participated in this investigation, as well as the citizens who served on the grand jury for ensuring a fair and just investigative process and a transparent outcome.

We also extend our thanks to Indianapolis residents for awaiting the conclusion of this lengthy and intensive process alongside us. We understand that this result may be frustrating for some of our residents, but it is our hope that the full transparency offered by Prosecutor Khoury and Superintendent Carter will help to move our city forward, improve the relationship between our officers and neighborhoods, and bring us closer to healing the division in our community. We look forward to continuing a productive dialogue with our residents and building the types of partnerships with our neighborhoods that prevent violence.

6:29 p.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issues a statement about the grand jury's decision:

Today my thoughts are with the family of Dreasjon Reed, who continue to grieve the loss of a son, a brother, and a friend. The events that led to the death of Mr. Reed have forced our community to confront the loss of this young life and have raised understandable questions produced by centuries of racism and mistrust.

From the beginning, I advocated for a transparent review of the incident – requesting monitoring from federal authorities and supporting the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Indiana State Police investigation. Today’s announcement by Special Prosecutor Khoury draws this process to a close, with the empaneled grand jury declining to issue an indictment.

This decision ends the criminal review of the interaction but it doesn’t heal the divides in our community caused by a heartbreaking incident such as this. I offer my sincere thanks to the many faith and community leaders who have advocated for law enforcement reforms, including the creation of a Use of Force Review Board, changes to our Use of Force Policy, the implementation of body cameras, and a citizen-majority General Orders Board. These reforms are meaningful steps forward as we continue to build new trust between Indianapolis neighborhoods and our police department.

5:30 p.m.
Representatives of the Indiana State Police provide details of the investigation. DISCLAIMER: Some content is graphic in nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

5:00 p.m.
Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury announces the decision of the grand jury in the Dreasjon Reed case.